By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer
For 34 years, the question has been asked: “How tough are you?”
If you think you’re one of the toughest men or women in Southern West Virginia, now’s your chance to prove it.
The 34th annual Beckley Auto Mall Original Toughman Contest will invade the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center April 5-6.
The annual event showcases the top (and sometimes not so top) amateur fighters in the area, duking it out for three one-minute rounds in hopes of being named the toughest in the region.
Interested fighters must be between the ages of 18 to 34 with no pro fights and limited amateur experience. Good physical condition is also a must.
There will be four weight divisions for both men and women: lightweight (139 pounds and under), middleweight (140-159), light heavyweight (160-184) and heavyweight (185-400).
Up to $12,000 will be up for grabs as the champion in each weight division will receive up to $1,000 and the runners-up will receive up to $300. Champions will also be awarded the prestigious Toughman Jacket.
For those more likely to don a swimsuit than a headgear and gloves, “Miss Ring Girl” will also receive $1,000.
Prospective fighters may enter online at wvtoughman.com or by calling 1-800-296-3897.
Tickets are $30 for VIP ringside seat, $20 for reserved seating and $15 general admission, and are now available at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center box office, online at www.wvtoughman.com or by phone at 1-888-695-0888.
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